Rome, 4-5 December 2014: ESPON Seminar "Territories Acting for Economic Growth: Using territorial evidence to meet challenges towards 2020":



 

On invitation of the ESPON 2013 Programme, Jens Gabbe, Chair of the AEBR Advisory Committee, took actively part on behalf of AEBR in the ESPON seminar “Territories Acting for Economic Growth: Using territorial evidence to meet challenges towards 2020“, which was held on 4 and 5 December 2014 in Rome. The event was co-organised by ESPON and the Italian EU Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

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The two plenary sessions in the morning of the first day of the seminar focused on important themes for the European policy development.

The first plenary session addressed the challenge of counteracting impacts of the crisis by territories acting for economic growth, while the second session focused on themes of inner areas and towns posing the questions of relevant investments and use of integrated strategies. 

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In the afternoon, six parallel workshops took up issues raised in the plenary sessions and crossed them with the relevant ESPON territorial evidence available. Additionally, the latest results from ESPON applied research projects, targeted analyses and scientific platform projects were addressed. A main focus was set on key messages useful for policy makers in the context of the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and in policy development promising policy orientations of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Territorial Agenda 2020. 
Jens Gabbe took part in workshop session 1.A, entitled “Building and using Integrated Territorial Services”. This workshop aimed at presenting interesting strategies at regional level, for polycentric metropolitan regions and in cross-border cooperation.  

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Mr. Gabbe presented the ESPON Ulysses Project by highlighting conclusions and recommendations, e.g. on how targeted research projects could be managed in a better way and, on the other hand, how border and cross-border regions could put decentralised development strategies into practice. The benefit of the project for all involved partners was evident: almost all regional specific assessments and data fact sheets were taken into account in the development of the new INTERREG A programmes or new projects. Four stakeholders even elaborated their own development strategies, based on the recommendations of the Handbook on decentralised development strategies, which is also a result of the ULYSSES project (click here for more about this project). 

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On the second day of the seminar, a third plenary session was held looking into new elements of the ESPON toolbox. The following fourth plenary session p resented experiences and achievements in terms of capitalisation upon ESPON results at the transnational level through efforts may by ESPON Contact Point Network and discussed how an even wider outreach could become reality in the future. The seminar closed with an outlook on the ESPON 2020 Programme and the new ESPON EGTC.

For more information, please consult the ESPON website: www.espon.eu. The presentations made at the seminar are available there, too. 

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